What's the difference between a wonderful airplane experience and the flight from hell?
About a half-pint of whiskey, it turns out.
"Sherlock Holmes" star Kelly Reilly finds this out the hard way when she befriends a pilot with a tarnished reputation in the upcoming "Flight." Indie Wire reports that the British actress will star opposite Denzel Washington in the Robert Zemeckis-directed drama.
"Flight" tells the story of Whip (Washington), a pilot lauded for his heroic landing of a damaged plane, which saves the lives of nearly 100 passengers.
But it's not all smiles and Chesley Sullenberger jokes - Whip soon finds his life thrown into upheaval when rumors that he was flying while drunk begin to circulate in the media.
Reilly stars as Nicole Devlin, a woman battling her own demons, who becomes Whip's ally as things begin to go downhill.
Reilly, who beat out both Olivia Wilde and "Moon" actress Dominique McElligott for the role, will undoubtedly see her star continue its rise when she reprises her role as Mary Morstan, opposite Jude Law and Robert Downey, Jr. in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," scheduled for release during the 2011 holiday season.
Not too shabby, my dear Watson.